Build Dakota Scholarships were announced by the Build Dakota Scholarship Board for the 2017-18 school year. These 285 scholarships cover tuition, fees, books, equipment and other expenses for eligible programs within eight high-need industry areas at the four South Dakota technical institutes.
Recipients were selected from a total of 1,028 applications and are enrolled full-time, must complete their educational program on schedule, and stay in South Dakota to work in their field of study for three years following graduation.
Sanborn County recipients of the scholarship include: Lydian Groon of Forestburg, Lake Area Technical Institute; Byron Jessen of Woonsocket, Mitchell Technical Institute; and Todd Peterson of Forestburg, Mitchell Technical Institute.

The Community Choir will begin practice for the annual Christmas concert on Monday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the basement of the Spirit of Faith Lutheran-Methodist Church in Woonsocket, and will continue every Monday for the next seven Mondays.
This year’s concert title is “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem.” There are a few new songs and several familiar Christmas songs, some with interesting new rhythms. The concert will be held on Sunday, Nov. 19, at the Woonsocket Community Events Center, and will also be given the next evening at Prairie View Healthcare Community.
Adult men and women and high school youth who love to sing are invited to join the choir. Anyone who wishes to receive a practice CD and book or who have any questions may contact Audrey Kempf at 796-4171 or 605-354-4609.

Woonsocket native Eric Warkenthien is back in school this fall, serving as one of the Brookings School District’s two School Resource Officers.
Warkenthien joined the Brookings Police Department in January of 2016 and has been working as a patrol officer. He says he always knew he wanted to become more involved working with juveniles, and so after hearing about the opening with the school district, decided to go for the job.
The 2011 Woonsocket High School graduate is responsible for Mickelson Middle School, where he is based out of, Camelot Intermediate and Dakota Prairie Elementary.
As a resource officer, he will handle a variety of tasks, including any crime that occurs at school, such as theft, harassment, disruptive students, drug activity or physical and sexual assault. Warkenthien will also give presentations throughout the year on subjects such as social media safety, Halloween safety and the D.A.R.E. program.
He says his main focus right now is to try to become a figure the students feel they can come to with their concerns or just to talk.
Warkenthien is a 2015 graduate of Dakota Wesleyan University with degrees in corporate homeland security and criminal justice. He also worked as a correctional officer in the Davison County Jail for two years during college.
He lives in Brookings with his wife, Shelby, and their four-year-old son and two-year-old daughter.